I have all of them locked to the panel, but they keep moving around upon logging out and back in. So, for example, sometimes the Indicator Applet Session is farthest to the right, but sometimes the Clock/Calendar is, and occasionally the Notification Area is. This is a small issue, but annoying.

  • The only time that I saw that was when using different monitors, or a remote login (in other words : changing the resolution, and then the layout of the panels). Is it your case ? Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 13:54
  • Do you use gnome or kde?
    – txwikinger
    Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 13:59
  • IIRC the Indicator Applet is GNOME-only.
    – lfaraone
    Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 14:05
  • I'm using GNOME 2.30.2 with Ubuntu 10.04. I'd guess it has something to do with the fact that I've added Epiphany and gmail-notify to my list of start-up apps, but I'm not sure. Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 14:13

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There is no real solution except to wait for bug #44082 to be fixed. However, there is a (very hackish) workaround. Put your panel applets where you want them, then run gconftool-2 --dump /apps/panel panel_backup.xml. When the applets get messed up, run

 gconftool-2 --load panel_backup.xml
 killall gnome-panel
  • wouldn't gnome-panel --replace & be more apt?
    – lfaraone
    Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 14:16
  • No, because if you do it this way, you can close the terminal afterwards.
    – dieki
    Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 14:36
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    I've noticed that just running killall gnome-panel often solves this problem for me without the gconftool-2 bit.
    – Jim
    Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 15:08
  • I usually just Ctrl + Alt + Backspace to restart X a bit excessive but eh. Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 16:31
  • AFAIK, Ctrl + Alt + Backspace does not work in recent Ubuntu releases.
    – dieki
    Commented Jul 30, 2010 at 17:27

I use a simpler and more user friendly solution, IMO, than dumping to XML and restoring (which didn't always work for me, btw).

So, the answer to life, universe and everything is (not 42):
1. Install "Lockdown Editor" using Ubuntu Software Center (or whatever you prefer)
2. Launch "Lockdown Editor" under "System->Administration"
3. Under "Panel" enable "Lock down the panels"

Whenever I want to make changes to the panels I disable the setting, make the changes and enable it again. Worked like a charm for me so I hope it helps others too.


  • IIRC, there is a "Lockdown all panels" option in Ubuntu Tweak. I wonder if this option would accomplish the same thing? Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 10:43
  • It might. I never used Ubuntu Tweak but I'd say it's a pretty good bet it does just the same. You can also do it with gconf-editor or gconftool-2 directly.
    – Li Lo
    Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 16:23
  • Yep, the "Lockdown all panels" option in Ubuntu Tweak does the same thing.
    – Li Lo
    Commented Aug 14, 2010 at 15:35

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